Putin and Erdogan set to meet: What you need to know

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Erdogan will visit Moscow on 05 March to discuss the deteriorating relations between Turkey and Russia in Syria. Tensions are high with Putin reportedly having refused to visit Turkey to discuss Erdogan and insisting that any talks required the Turkish President to come to Moscow. So, what can we expect? The problem Turkey is frustrated that it has had to …

All eyes on Turkey after Haftar wins in Berlin

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

The Berlin conference was supposed bring about a ceasefire that would create a conducive environment for future genuine talks. Instead, Haftar refused to sign the ceasefire agreement, and the growing number of nations involved in Libya failed to find any common ground of note. German diplomats, keen to prevent the summit from being seen as a failure, are now pointing …

Why are so many nations competing in Libya?

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

France, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Sudan, Turkey, Russia, Qatar, Germany, Algeria, Tunisia, Greece, Cyprus are all countries involved or caught up in the Libyan conflict that has raged throughout the country for the last six years. As militias compete for supremacy, with Haftar leading the way militarily despite his rival Fayez Serraj in …

Can Iraq’s Parliament actually force US troops to leave?

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Context Baghdad’s parliament has agreed a draft bill calling on foreign forces to leave Iraq. Few are in doubt that the law is aimed at US forces following the high-profile assassination of Iran’s most powerful and influential military general Qassem Suleimani and Iraq’s unofficial kingmaker. Suleimani was renowned for arbitrating between the Iraqi Shiite parties whenever they clashed with one …

How China hamstrung its own Middle East policy

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Analysts have hailed the emergence of a multipolar world after years of the US as the primary hegemon in global politics. With Russia and China flexing their muscle, and other powers such as Turkey growing in strength and influence at the expense of an increasingly paralyzed European Union, there has been a growing sense that the global tide has begun …